Allyson is a management-side employment attorney. She counsels businesses on the preventive measures they can take to avoid litigation; when litigation cannot be avoided, Allyson represents her clients in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies.
Allyson has more than fifteen years of experience working with primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities, to prevent and respond to sexual and other forms of discrimination. Over the past several years, Allyson has worked with higher education institutions to advise on the creation and revision of Title IX policies and procedures, and has conducted nearly 30 investigations of sexual misconduct. She has also advised institutions on responding to audits conducted by the federal Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.
Allyson is a member of the Legal & Legislative Committee of the New England Human Resources Association; she also is a member of the committee tasked with redrafting the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination’s Maternity (Parental) Leave Regulations; Allyson co-chairs the Mothers’ Forum section of the Women’s Bar Association.
In addition to her private practice, Allyson is a volunteer consultant to the Center for Women and Enterprise, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses. She also serves as the pro bono employment attorney to the Boston Debate League, a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to support academic debate teams in local high schools.
Allyson has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbard, the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics. She also has been named a Massachusetts and New England Super Lawyer each year since 2011. Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts, which consists of 1% of the attorneys in the state (Boston Magazine, April 2014; The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and the National Law Review named Allyson one of its Women Leaders in the Law and one of its top-rated lawyers in New England. In 2011, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association named Allyson one of its “Up and Coming Lawyers.” This award is given annually to 20 attorneys who have been practicing 10 years or less but have already distinguished themselves in their field.
Prior to forming Kurker Paget LLC, Allyson worked at Kurker Law LLC. She also was an associate in the Labor & Employment group at Bingham McCutchen in Boston.